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       The Garden City Wings Freshman team came to fruition in the summer of 1997. The idea was set in motion by Walter Holewa whose son had been assigned to play for the Levittown Freshman team in 1996-97, under the rules allowed by the NY State HS Hockey Association for out of district players. Upon learning there were players involved with ice hockey in the Garden City Middle School, an application to join the Nassau County HS Hockey League for the 1997-98 season was tenured.
       The purpose of establishing a team was to provide a forum for player's in grades 7-9 to play with their friends, learn the fundamentals and basics of ice hockey while acquiring the needed experience to compete at Varsity level where competition against players in grades 10-12 is keen. With 5 players coming over from neighboring Herricks, the Wings took to the ice and won their first game 8-5 over Carle Place. Playing in the "A" Division, the Wings finished 3rd of 9 teams with an 11-6-4 record and qualified for the playoffs. Four players were key in leading the way that first season. Justin Giberti was a tower of strength on defense for the young team. He was quickly elected team captain and later selected MVP. Offensively, three players who named themselves the "Orient Express Line" powered the Wings. David Hee, Andy Tse, and Kevin Maguire accounted for almost half of the 75 goals scored, establishing the Wings as a club that would be no pushover.
       Over the seasons, the Wings Freshman program has been one of the most consistent and competitive in the league. As any player who has put on the uniform can attest, there are no easy games. The success of the program is a tribute to the players and parents who have supported enthusiastically the efforts of those who coach and help out during each season.

Freshman Awards
 
MVP
    
Coaches Award
1997-98 Justin Giberti      Rob Ungar
1998-99 Doug Holewa      Rob Ungar
1999-00 Rob Ungar      Kevin Albano
2000-01 Ryan Boelsen      Max Koestenblat
2001-02 Brian Collins      Ryan Norell
2002-03 Brian Kiernan      Ryan Norell
2003-04 None Awarded      Nick Greco
2004-05 Spiros Markopoulos      Michael Carleo & Thomas White
2005-06 Spiros Markopoulos & Tim Moynihan      Steven Garger
2006-07 Michael Borges & Ken Boudreau      David Wax
2007-08 Christopher Arena & Mark Brady      John White
2016-17 Chris Heckelmann      Anthony Remick


Freshman Captains
1997-98 Justin Giberti
1998-99 Rob Ungar
1999-00 Rob Ungar
2000-01 Ryan Boelsen & Jim Butcher
2001-02 None Appointed
2002-03 Brian Kiernan & Ryan Norell
2003-04 None Appointed
2004-05 Tom Greco
2005-06 Spiros Markopoulos
2006-07 None Appointed
2007-08 Mark Brady
2002-03 Captains



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1997-1998 2003-2004
1998-1999 2004-2005
1999-2000 2005-2006
2000-2001 2006-2007
2001-2002 2007-2008
2002-2003 2008-2009
Career Statistics 2009-2010
2016-2017

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